I'm still torn in wondering if this is just some strange spam or not... but I don't think so.
I got an email from someone claiming to be "Ann Place" from The Daily. You know, that fancy new iPad news app? The text of the email goes like this:
You may have seen speculation about 'The Daily' in the press over the past few weeks, but I'd like you and the readers of Allankintz.com to learn about it directly from us. I'm thrilled to announce the launch of The Daily, the first national news publication created specifically for the iPad and published 365 days a year. Here's a link to a news release with tons of info, images, video and more:
Please feel free to post any of it, and if you do, I hope you'll email me the link so I can share it with our team. Questions? I'd be happy to help you if I can, so send them my way.
Thanks very much!
The strange tip-off to me is the URL... some "newsrelease" site? But it has "thedaily" in the name? My first though is, that says spam... or at least some sort of phishing. Googling for this Ann Place turns up virtually nothing useful or anything that would say this is "official."
But the trick here is again, the URL. A quick WhoIs shows that it is registered to a Christopher Abraham. A quick Google of that guy ends up here. Apparently stating that The Daily is some sort of client of these people. I don't know who they are or what they do... but they have some pretty random marketing tactics.
Yes, I'm an iPad user... but I'm hardly a news outlet of any sort. And I probably only know 2 or 3 people that have iPads. But apparently I'm important enough for someone to email me passively suggesting that I review the app and post about it.
I may... I may not. I just wanted to post something about it in case others get this email and wonder WTF is going on. I also wonder just how many people this went out to...
UPDATE: If you check out the comments below, you can see that this has been confirmed as a legitimate email from the firm associated with the app. Good to know!